The Ruby Suns is the pseudonym of nomadic Californian-New Zealander Ryan McPhun. McPhun (not sure if that’s pronounced Mc-fun or Mc-foon) is returning after four years to follow up his previous four The Ruby Suns record with his fifth release, Sprite Fountain (due 9th June through SellOut! Music).
Having released material on Sub Pop Records and Memphis Industries in the past, Sprite Fountain and it’s nine-tracks find McPhun newly independent,
single-handedly producing and releasing the record from his current Scandinavian base.
We’re premiering the first cut from Sprite Fountain right here, it’s called ‘Tilt Of His Hat’ and it’s a shimmering Club Tropicana shuffle. Here’s some words McPhun sent us about the song:
In John Steinbeck’s novella The Pearl, he described a time in which it was possible to ascertain the intentions, disposition, or even perhaps the moral character of an individual just by the tilt of his hat. The methods for expressing oneself in public were limited to minute shifts in brim placement. ‘Tilt of His Hat’ the song is a cautionary tale of following these social rules and the inevitable emotional and creative constipation that come as a result.